Learn To Ride?
out what hundreds of thousands of men women and children of all ages
and backgrounds are already enjoying. The thrill, excitement and pure
pleasure of forming a working relationship with a horse or pony. Whether
you want to quietly potter on a safe, older schoolmaster, or want the
thrill and challenge of riding in competitions there is something for
everybody at Earnsdale Farm Riding School.
Visitors to the
school are always welcome. Why not arrange to come and see us and the
horses and ponies at Earnsdale
Farm Riding School.
Watching a lesson of the standard you will begin at and an introduction
to the horses and ponies you might ride may be all you need to persuade
you that this is right for you!
Your First Lesson
click here to find out about lessons and
how to make your booking or select the LESSONS button option opposite.
You Will Learn
Learn correctly and safely at a British Horse Society (BHS) approved
Learn to understand the importance of the correct position of the
rider to be in balance and harmony with the horse.
Know how to use the correct aids for full control of the horse in
Be able to maintain correct balance and co-ordination when in walk,
trot, canter and when jumping.
Understand the meaning of trotting on the correct diagonal and cantering
on the correct leading leg.
Have a good knowledge of the tack and equipment used for the horse
and to know when this fits correctly.
the importance of correct, safe riding wear:
Correct footwear - shoes or boots with a heel (trainers are dangerous
and are not allowed).
protective riding hat or crash skull is essential and must conform
to the latest recommended standard - PAS013 or BSEN1384 - no others
are allowed under the current regulations.
the basic "Points of the Horse" and the different parts of the saddle
and bridle. Learn how to put on a head-collar and lead a horse in
the importance and reasons for grooming a horse and learn how to pick
out a horse's feet.
how and when to use all the tools in a grooming kit.
how to ride several different horses and how to recognise difference
in temperament and suitability for beginners, novices or more advanced
the "Parts of the Horse's Foot" and reasons for shoeing a horse:
a Farrier at work
how to recognise good shoeing and when to call a Farrier
the physiology of a horse, the symptoms of a sick horse and know when
to call the Vet.
of Learning to Ride
Increases the rider's mobility and suppleness of body.
Teaches an awareness of the needs of animals and their relationships
Strengthens muscles and improves posture.
Improves fitness and self confidence of the rider.
Teaches control of the rider's hands, seat, back and legs.
Encourages the rider to look forward to their riding lessons and their
time spent in a different environment.